Vaughn McCall

Department Chair

Vaughn McCall

Department Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior

College of Nursing
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing

The Graduate School

Other Duties

Case Distinguished Univ Chair of Psy & Hlth Behav, Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Executive Vice Dean

Associate Dean


Dr. McCall has been the Case Distinguished University Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University since 2012. He also serves as Executive Vice Dean of MCG. He completed his medical degree and post-graduate psychiatric training at Duke University. He completed a Masters degree in Epidemiology from Wake Forest University. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and sleep medicine. His research interests include depression, electroconvulsive therapy, quality of life, insomnia, and suicide. He received 22 years of research support from the National Institute of Mental Health, and he has more than 500 published items, including more than 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, with a Google Scholar H-index of 55. His papers in the American Journal of Psychiatry were twice picked by the Editors as among 7 “most interesting and important papers” published in that journal for the years 2017 and 2019. He is Editor of the Journal of ECT, Past Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and on the Editorial Board of Sleep. He has been the Past President of the Association for Convulsive Therapy, and a prior Director of the Board of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He previously was the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine from 2001-2012.

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  • MS, Epidemiology Wake Forest University, 1999

  • MD, Medicine Duke University, 1984


  • Certificate in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation The International Society for Neurostimulation (formerly the Association for Convulsive Therapy), 2009

  • South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners #MD36407 2013

  • Georgia Composite Medical Board # 67733 2012

  • North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners #29335 1985

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association 2020

  • Listed in 2019-20 “Best Doctors in America”® Psychiatry 2020

  • Listed in Top Doctors® for Psychiatry 2020

  • 2017-18 Fellow of the AMA’s Council of Deans 2018

  • Listed in 2017-18 Who’s Who in America® 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PSRY 5044

    Neurostimulation Externship
  • RPSY 5000

  • PHAS 5200

    Essentials of Psychiatry


Selected Recent Publications

  • Iltis AS, McCall WV, Deria R. Suicidality, Depression and the FDA: Health Inequities and the Ethical Conduct of Research. J Clin Psychiatry 2020;81(2):19m13050, 2020
  • Lisanby SH, McClintock SM, Alexopolous G, Bailine SH, Bernhardt E, Briggs MC, Cullum CM, Deng Z-D, Dooley M, Geduldig ET, Greenberg RM, Husain MM, Kaliora S, Knapp RG, Latoussakis V, Liebman LS, McCall WV, Mueller M, Petrides G, Prudic J, Rosenquist PB, Rudorfer MV, Sampson S, Teklehaimanot AA, Tobias KG, Weiner RD, Young RC, Kellner CH, on behalf of the CORE/PRIDE Work Group. Neurocognitive effects of combined electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and venlafaxine in geriatric depression: Phase 1 of the PRIDE study. Am J Ger Psychiatry 2020;28 (3): 304-316 , 2020
  • Ostergaard SD, Speed MS, Kellner CH, Mueller M, McClintock SM, Husain MM, Petrides G, McCall WV, Lisanby SH for the CORE/PRIDE workgroup. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for Moderate-Severity Major Depression among the Elderly: Data from the PRIDE Study. J Affective Disorders 2020; 274:1134-1141, 2020
  • Parker CB, McCall WV, Rosenquist PB, Cortese N, Spearman-McCarthy EV. Achieving equity in informed consent: a culturally-informed perspective for the consideration and consent of minority patients for electroconvulsive therapy. Am J Ger Psychiatry 2020;28:1129-1132 , 2020
  • Rumble ME, McCall WV, Dickson DA, Krystal A, Rosenquist PB, Benca RM. An Exploratory Analysis of the Association of Circadian Rhythm Dysregulation and Insomnia With Suicidal Ideation Over the Course of Treatment in Individuals With Depression, Insomnia and Suicidal Ideation. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2020;16 (8):1311-1319 , 2020

Professional Service

  • Community Faculty Consortium, part of Group on Faculty Affairs of Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 2017 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association Board of Trustees 2012 - Present

    Role: Member
  • SLEEP 2012 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Journal of Addiction Medicine 2009 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Association for Convulsive Therapy 2008 - Present

    Role: Other